Dashcam footage wanted after Tudor watch thieves strike

Police investigating a raid on Nantwich jewellers C.H. Moody & Son in which thieves made off with expensive Tudor watches are appealing to motorists for dashcam footage.

Offenders wearing balaclavas forced a hole in the window of the town centre jewellery shop last Wednesday morning and stole a number of watches before making off in a vehicle.

“We’re particularly keen to hear from any motorists who were driving along Wellington Road, Audlem Road or Peter de Stapleigh Way on the morning of Wednesday 27 July,” said Detective Inspector Alison Ross said. “If you have dashcam footage and were in the area that morning I would ask you to us contact us so we can progress with our enquiries.”

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Officers attended and carried out a number of enquiries at the scene and a search was made around the area. A car was found in Brine Road in Nantwich which had been set on fire. Four men were later arrested in the Staffordshire area on suspicion of robbery.

Moody’s, meanwhile, has thanked officers who dealt with the incident and said it was ‘business as normal’.

On its Facebook page it posted a statement (along with the picture above), which read: “Whilst we were safely protected inside the shop by our wonderful security measures, a violent gang of four attacked the windows with various means ranging from a drain grid cover to a Samurai sword. After two minutes of trying, and causing great damage to the windows and door, the robbers fled with just eight Tudor watches.

“Following a 28 minute pursuit by Cheshire police, working with four other forces – North West Motorway Group, Central Police Motorway Group, West Midlands Motorway Group and Staffordshire Police – they tracked down and followed a van on the M6. Two Police helicopters were also involved and the robbers were all arrested and, happily, are now behind bars. Currently six of the watches have been recovered.

“All of us at Moodys would like to offer our sincere thanks to all the Police officers and forces involved in the tracking of the robbers, the controllers of the Cheshire East CCTV system and also the many members of the public who put themselves in harm’s way to video and photograph the robbers to assist the police. Although battered we are not bruised and are open for business as normal.”

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